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Making pain science accessible and understandable to others: Knowledge mobilization in pain around the world

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As we reach the end of IASP's Global Year for Translating Pain Knowledge into Practice, it is fitting to showcase examples of how pain science is creatively and effectively being mobilized around the world. Hosted by Dr. Katie Birnie (Canada), speakers Professor Cormac Ryan (United Kingdom), Dr. Joshua Pate (Australia), and Dr. Norm Buckley (Canada) will highlight diverse initiatives and networks that are ensuring pain research is accessible and understandable to those who need it most, including people with lived experience, health professionals, decision makers, and policymakers.


  • Norm Buckley, BA, MD, FRCPC

    A McMaster faculty member since 1988, Dr. Norm Buckley is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesia, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton. Dr. Buckley’s interests are pain, both acute and chronic. He led the development of the acute post-operative pain service for adult and pediatric patients, the pediatric sedation services, and was the Director of the Pain Management Centre at the Hamilton General Hospital for 14 years. He has held hospital leadership positions including operating room director and chief of anesthesia and was Chair of the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster university for 13 years. He provides chronic pain care through the DeGroote Pain Clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre. In 2017 Dr. Buckley completed 13 years as Chair of the Department of Anesthesia.
    Dr. Buckley established the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre and is Scientific Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care. He is Nominated Principal Investigator for the Chronic Pain Network, a 5 year $25 Million CIHR initiative to establish a national pain research network and its successor the Chronic Pain Network Knowledge Mobilization-Implementation Science. He also served as inaugural Scientific Director of the Centre of Excellence for Chronic Pain in Veterans.

  • Cormac Ryan, PhD

    Cormac Ryan is Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation at Teesside University. He graduated from the University of Limerick in 2002 with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science and completed an MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. He was awarded his PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008 where he investigated the relationship between physical activity and chronic lower back pain. Cormac has published over eighty peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and obtained more the £1.4m in research funding from organisations including NIHR and Innovate UK. Cormac is the Co-editor-in-chief of Pain and rehabilitation - the journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association. His primary area of research is pain management with a particular interest in pain education for people with pain, health care professionals, and the general public. He has been involved in developing guidelines and standards for a variety of organisations including the British Pain Society and the Faculty of Pain Medicine. He is currently the Community Pain Champion for the Flippin’ Pain™ campaign, which is a public health campaign run by Connect Health™. The campaign aims to improve public understanding of pain.

  • Kathryn Birnie, PhD

    Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Birnie is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine, and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary where she leads the Partnering For Pain program ( She is the Assistant Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a knowledge mobilization network working to improve evidence-based children’s pain management through coordination and collaboration. Dr. Birnie's research integrates patient and family partnership and multi-stakeholder engagement to improve the prevention, assessment, and management of pain experienced by children and their families (>55 peer-reviewed publications). For her leadership in patient engagement, Dr. Birnie received the 2020 Pain Awareness Award from the Canadian Pain Society and was selected as a 2020-2021 MAYDAY Fellow. Dr. Birnie joined Alberta Children’s Hospital as a medical psychologist in 2018, where she continues to provide clinical care through the Vi Riddell Children’s Pain and Rehabilitation Program.

  • Joshua Pate, PhD

    Joshua W. Pate, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy. His research focus is on a child’s concept of pain; Josh is fascinated by how re-conceptualizing pain according to contemporary science may change the way pain is treated. As part of his PhD he developed the Concept of Pain Inventory (COPI) and he is now working on developing and testing educational resources. Josh worked with TED-Ed to make two online animations with millions of views, he co-founded a pain science interview platform (‘One Thing’), and he authored the Zoe and Zak’s Pain Hacks series of children’s books each targeting a learning outcome for pain science education. Josh is on the Scientific Program Committee for the Australian Pain Society and he has been an invited speaker at several international scientific conferences. He dreams of generational conceptual and behaviour change regarding the complexity of pain.

December 19, 2022
Mon 4:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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